fatuous

[ fach-oo-uhs ]
/ ˈfætʃ u əs /

adjective

foolish or inane, especially in an unconscious, complacent manner; silly.
unreal; illusory.

Nearby words

  1. fatty metamorphosis,
  2. fatty oil,
  3. fatty tumor,
  4. fatuitous,
  5. fatuity,
  6. fatuously,
  7. fatwa,
  8. fatwood,
  9. faubourg,
  10. faucal

Origin of fatuous

1625–35; < Latin fatuus silly, foolish, idiotic; see -ous

SYNONYMS FOR fatuous
1. dense, dull, dim-witted. See foolish.

Related formsfat·u·ous·ly, adverbfat·u·ous·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for fatuous

fatuous

/ (ˈfætjʊəs) /

adjective

complacently or inanely foolish
Derived Formsfatuously, adverbfatuousness, noun

Word Origin for fatuous

C17: from Latin fatuus; related to fatiscere to gape

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